Our 2016 Feger Family Live Portrait Christmas Card
Merry Christmas from our Family! I’ve been doing a couple of Live Portraits for clients who want to stand out. Sometimes they want the Live Portrait up on the wall in their home, and sometimes they want it on a business card or graduation announcement. It’s the perfect complement to a full photo session. A typical live portrait will combine photos and video of the session. For our Christmas card, I really wanted it to be a part of the card. The trick was to make the card where it would still be awesome for the [majority of] people who do not download the free Live Portrait app. I think some people may be worried there’s a catch to the app or that I’ll put them on some phone list or something. Nope, no catch.
Our cards are always a little funny, often punny, and have gotten a little out of hand some years. (See for yourself here.) So I wanted to get back to the actual real meaning of Christmas. When my husband and I were brainstorming for our card and I told him that I had 2 requirements:
1) I wanted wanted to somehow incorporate the true meaning of Christmas as well
2) I wanted to incorporate a Live Portrait.
He had the brilliant idea of saying the true MEME-ing of Christmas for the back side of the card. We could easily come up with a Christmas meme for our family! The hard part would be putting the real Christmas meaning of Christmas onto the front in a photo. The video was the perfect way to cram many different scenes of how our family does service and attempts to be a little light of the Christmas spirit.
I borrowed the big Bible from my mom since it reminds me most of Christmas. Ever since I was a kid, we would light a candle and watch it burn down to the next line each night while we read a different scripture story about Jesus’ life in its dim light. My mom had an advent list that would say each night’s reading. We also did an angel tree, gave to the Salvation Army bucket, performed Christmas music at the VA hospital and at another assisted living facility, pondered the First Christmas with our nativity scenes, followed our church’s #LIGHTtheWORLD advent ideas each day with the 25 ways to be the light over 25 days, etc. I had planned on having only hints of the sound come through the video but the main audio would be Steven reading the Christmas story from the big bible. I was going to record his voice separately after the kids went to bed one night, but when the video was complete and I was ready to record it, he watched the video and said it was fine without his voice. I really hadn’t hardly listened to the clips and did them based on visuals, but when I watched and listened, I figured it WOULD be nice to call it done. So it was. It was really hard condensing everything down into the max 90 seconds, but less is more. It’s already more of a commitment than reading a lengthy Christmas letter is! Watch the video below or click here to see the live portrait that shows up inside of the cover photo.
Here is the video.
Here is the main kids snowman video on the inside.
It was hard fitting the kids’ memes on the back of a flat card. So at the last minute, I found a card that would be double a 5×7 and would have a good lay out so these memes could be a little bigger. Click on each kids’s name here for their video link if you can not scan a computer screen with the Live Portrait app on your phone. Dylan, Isaac, Tyler, Julia.
- Steven and I both had very different ideas for our our card but we both really disliked the other’s. That’s how it is every year.
- We really are allergic to cats.
- I gave the boys early Christmas gifts and this was their actual reactions.
- Tyler really is hanging on lights and really does climb/swing on anything.
- Julia was so happy to wear her bow crown and decorate/eat/get messy with frosting.
- The snowman is made with spray adhesive-sprayed Styrofoam balls that were rolled in sand.
- We also went to church every Sunday in our Christmas clothes but didn’t get videos of it.
- And the kids sang there too.
- I took a photo of a chandelier for the Bokah background paper.